Sunday, March 03, 2013

Mae West: Masseur's Secret

On Saturday, 3 March 1934, a wonderful interview with MAE WEST appeared in Australia.
• • "Brains, Not 'IT,' Says Mae West of the Curves" • •
• • A Hollywood Correspondent wrote: We have heard a lot about the necessity for girls to have "It" in order to be a success with men, but Mae West, the most discussed star of the moment, contradicts Elinor Glyn, founder of the "It" philosophy, and says: "All that a girl needs is brains."
• • "Beautiful and dumb girls have had their day. They're  finished," Mae West told our correspondent. "If you're clever, you win. Of course, you don't let men know you are clever, understand; you might as well be dumb if you do. No, you needn't be beautiful; you just make the men think you are beautiful, and that's not hard. In the first place, you have to know all about yourself; your good points, and your not-so-good ones."
• • "When I was little, I remember I was always posing in front of a mirror, trying on my mother's hats, trailing around in her dresses, holding myself so — and so —," explained Mae West.  She illustrated with imaginary draperies, looking over a creamy shoulder, sinking her soft chin down so that her long, thick-lashed grey eyes looked out and up, seductively, raising her head proudly, so that the imaginary robe fell back. ...
• • Source: Article: "Brains, Not 'IT,' Says Mae West of the Curves" written for Australian Women's Weekly; published on Saturday, 3 March 1934.
• • On Thursday, 3 March 1927 • •
• • No, Mae did not take the stand on 3 March 1927 • •
• • A familiar image of a smiling Mae West at her "Sex" trial in New York City on Thursday, 3 March 1927, has the incorrect caption that she was "on the witness stand." However, Mae did not take the stand in March nor in April 1927. Why? Mae's motivations are dramatized in the play "Courting Mae West" during the chaotic courtroom scene [Act I, Scene 5].
• • On Tuesday, 3 March 1936 • •
• • On Tuesday, 3 March 1936, The Hollywood Reporter announced that the opening week of "Klondike Annie" was record-breaking. "The Gold Rush Is On," the editors wrote.
• • In Jet Magazine on 3 March 1955 • •
• • Jet Magazine printed a sad piece of news — — "Mae West's Chauffeur, Ray Wallace, Commits Suicide in Indiana" — — in their issue dated for 3 March 1955. Sitting inside the actress's plush Cadillac, the 44-year-old former G.I. hooked up the exhaust pipe to flood the vehicle with toxic fumes. He lay under a quilt and breathed his last. Mae's Caddy was parked on a farm near Patoka, Indiana at the time.
• • "Love Goddesses" — 3 March 1965 • •
• • Mae West film footage is used in the documentary "Love Goddesses," originally released in the month of March — — on Wednesday, 3 March 1965.
• • On Friday, 3 March 1978 • •
• • A gala premiere of "Sextette" starring Mae West took place at the Pacific Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, California at 8:30 pm on Thursday, 2 March 1978. And after the screening, at 10:00 pm, a special invitation paved your way into a late-night supper honoring the movie queen at the tony Beverly Hills Hilton on Wilshire at Santa Monica Boulevard. How memorable this event must have been.
• • On Friday, 3 March 1978 "Sextette" had its general release in the USA.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "A girl should study her coloring, too. No excuse these days for looking sallow or pasty or having a pink tip to your nose. Find out about make-up. And then study the colors that bring out your best points."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Elinor Glyn said a woman had to have "IT." Mae West begged to differ.
• •  "Women can make men do anything they wish them to do, if they're clever," Mae West continued, "and they needn't be gold-diggers, either."
• • "Masseur's Secret" • •
• • In another interview our Hollywood correspondent had a word with James Davies, Mae West's masseur. He was asked to tell how the star keeps those famous curves.
• • "When she first came to me," said Davies, "Miss West wanted to reduce. I told her she would be making a grave mistake, because she was perfect for the camera.  "Now that Miss West has revolutionised the styles from straight lines to whole- some, feminine curves, women can eat sensibly again. They need not diet to appear fashionable. I think, speaking from the standpoint of a physical culturist who has conditioned many of Hollywood's best-known actresses, that Miss West has done much good for the women of the world. She has, by her influence, done more for their good health than any other person.  "Her measurements, in fact, are identical with those of the Venus de Milo, ...
• • Source: Article: "Brains, Not 'IT,' Says Mae West of the Curves" written for Australian Women's Weekly; published on Saturday, 3 March 1934
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2594th blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

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